Tag:Brad Lincoln
Posted on: November 26, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Jose Bautista

By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no waivers, no minor- or major-league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams.

In 2011 the Pirates extended their streak of losing seasons to 19, finishing 72-90 after a promising start. However, there are signs of the team finally putting it together, with much of their talent coming from within the organization. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker are among the future stars the team has drafted and kept. If Pittsburgh had been able to keep a couple more of its homegrown players, the Pirates could at the very least be looking at fielding a winning team.

Lineup

1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
2. Neil Walker, 2B
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Ryan Doumit, 1B
6. Jeff Keppinger, SS
7. Ronny Paulino, C
8. Nyjer Morgan, LF

Starting Rotation

1. Paul Maholm
2. Bronson Arroyo
3. Tom Gorzelanny
4. Brad Lincoln
5. Chris Young

Bullpen

Closer - Juan Oviedo (Leo Nunez)
Set up - Matt Capps, Mike Gonzlaez, John Grabow, Sean Burnett, Tony Watson
Long - Tim Wakefield, Zack Duke

Notable Bench Players

Pedro Alvarez, Rajai Davis, Brent Lillibridge, Nate McLouth, Alex Presley

What's Good?

The top of the lineup is the envy of just about any organization -- there's speed at the top and power throughout the first four batters. Jose Bautista will forever be the one that got away, but not just for the Pirates, who drafted him in 2000, but also for the Orioles, Rays, Royals and Mets, who all acquired -- a got rid of -- Bautista at some point. But still, the Pirates had him twice and are now watching him blossom as one of the game's best players while in a different uniform. In addition to the top of the lineup, the bottom of the lineup isn't too bad, while the bullpen is stout. 

What's Not?

The rotation isn't going to intimidate too many batters, but the team will put up some runs and leads have a good chance of being held with that bullpen. Keppinger is a solid bat and makes all the plays in front of him, but doesn't quite have the range most teams look for at shortstop. He can play there, but it isn't an ideal spot.

Comparison to real 2011

The Pirates rotation overachieved in the first half of 2011 and flopped in the second -- as Pittsburgh went 25-47 after finding themselves trailing by just a game in the NL Central at the All-Star break. While this lineup would put up more runs, its starters would allow more. That said, the improved lineup and bullpen would be good for several more wins and probably even give the team a winning record. 

Up next: Chicago Cubs

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 2:44 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Keppinger does in old team, again

Jeff Keppinger

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jeff Keppinger, Giants: For the second night in a row, the former Astro did in his old team. Saturday night Keppinger singled in Mark DeRosa from second with a single just over the head of 5-foot-7 Houston second baseman Jose Altuve to give San Francisco a 2-1 victory in 10 innings. On Friday, Keppinger hit a two-run double in the fifth, good for another 2-1 victory. Keppinger came to the Giants from Houston on July 19.

Chris Young, Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks center fielder made sure fans went home happy -- and it wasn't just the because of the bobbleheads in his likeness the team gave out before the game. Young hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off of San Diego starter Aaron Harang and that was enough for Joe Saunders, who allowed just an unearned run on four hits in seven innings as Arizona beat San Diego 3-1 for their fifth consecutive victory.

Brad Lincoln, Pirates: The rookie right-hander not only notched his first victory of the season (and second of his career), but also had a two-run double off of Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter in the Pirates' four-run fourth. Lincoln allowed six hits and no runs in six innings, striking out four and walking one in the Pirates' 7-0 victory over St. Louis, breaking the team's five-game road losing streak.


Chris Marrero, Nationals: Making his MLB debut, the former first-round pick by the Nationals saw a ball hit to him on the very first batter of his big-league career come right at him -- and by him, allowing Brandon Phillips reach in the first inning of the Nationals' 6-3 loss. Phillips scored on a wild pitch with two outs later in the inning. Phillips also scored on Marrero's second error when the Nationals first baseman fielded a double-play ball and threw it into left field, allowing Phillips to score from second, starting a three-run inning for the Reds. Despite his two errors, Marrero did manage his first hit, a single off of Reds starter Mike Leake in the fourth inning.

Royals bullpen: The day after Tim Collins walked in the winning run for a Kansas City loss in Cleveland, Louis Coleman surrendered a three-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera for an 8-7 Kansas City loss to the Indians. With two outs in the eight and the Royals leading by two runs, Coleman gave up a single to Lonnie Chisenhall and walked Kosuke Fukudome to set up Cabrera's shot. Blake Wood also gave up three hits and a run in his 1/3 of an inning of work.

C.J. Wilson, Rangers: The same day Texas manager Ron Washington told reporters Wilson was going to be the team's horse down the stretch, pitching every five days no matter what, the left-hander gave up six runs on 10 hits and a walk in five innings. The Angels also hit four of their five solo homers off of Wilson as Los Angeles moved to within two games of Texas with a 8-4 victory.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Ohlendorf, Lincoln assume spots in rotation

WeaverBy Evan Brunell

Brad Lincoln has been tabbed to take over Kevin Correia's starting spot in the rotation, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Along with Ross Ohlendorf, this makes two new members of Pittsburgh's rotation in the last few days.

Ohlendorf, who was activated by the Pirates on Tuesday with reliever Joe Beimel designated for assignment, will step in for Paul Maholm who is on the shelf with a strained shoulder. Ohlendorf himself had been sidelined since early April with a strained shoulder and returns to a season in which he's given up seven runs in 8 2/3 innings over two starts. Over the last two seasons combined, the 29-year-old has a 3.98 ERA in 50 starts and will hope to replicate that success.

Lincoln, meanwhile, would love to produce what Ohlendorf threw up from 2009-10. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft made his second start of the season on Monday, first since a July 2 spot start, and shut down the Brewers on Monday, giving up two runs in six innings. That performance was enough to give Lincoln a rotation spot after posting a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts down at Triple-A.

"We'll give him [the] ball and see where he takes it," manager Clint Hurdle told the Tribune-Review.

On the farm, Lincoln's proven himself to be stingy with the ball and strikes out enough batters to keep them honest. If he can translate those aspects to the majors, he could end up a solid mid-rotation starter, and his performance down the stretch will have a lot to say about his future with Pittsburgh. Still, the fact that he still hasn't locked down a full-time job -- or an extended audition -- in the majors thus far at age 26 doesn't bode well for his future.

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Solid debut for Alvarez

Pedro Alvarez White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen joked that there was so much hype surrounding Pirates prized prospect Pedro Alvarez he might walk the rookie to get to the next hitter.

That didn't happen Wednesday night, but the Alvarez Era got under way with the debut of what some call the best power hitting prospect the Pirates have had since Barry Bonds.

Alvarez didn't collect his first hit in the Pirates' 7-2 loss, but he walked and scored a run, going 0-for-2. He struck out swinging in his first at-bat against John Danks.

The pressure will be high for Alvarez to generate some offense and some buzz for the miserable Pirates, who have lost 10 in a row. But at least he can share the burden with the other young guns that have arrived in Pittsburgh of late. Top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln arrived last week, as did outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata accounted for the only other Pirates run Wednesday, hitting his first home run in the eighth.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 11:55 pm
 

More D.C. debuts


A day after the Nationals' top prospect debuted, the Pirates rolled out their top pitching prospect on Wednesday at Nationals Park.

Brad Lincoln won't exactly be garnering headlines across the country, going six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up a homer to Adam Dunn in the first inning.

Another Pirate prospect, outfielder Jose Tabata batted leadoff and was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run. Tabata left the game with a cramp in his right hamstring and was taken out as a precautionary measure.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Pirates' Lincoln to debut tonight


There is going to be another big pitching debut at Nationals Park tonight, this time with the spotlight on the visitors.

The day after Stephen Strasburg's much-hyped first start, the Pirates called up former first round pick Brad Lincoln and plan to start him against the Nationals tonight. The right-hander (who bats lefty) was the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft out of the University of Houston.

Lincoln, 25, was 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis, and his promotion was just a matter of time. His turn in the rotation in Indianapolis was supposed to be Tuesday, and for a while it looked like he would be pitted against Strasburg, but the Pirates elected to avoid a situation in which their prospect would have been an afterthought. (The Pirates, of course, deny that was the reason, but who could blame them?)

The Pirates' rotation can certainly use a boost -- Pittsburgh's starters have a collective 5.77 ERA, worst in the majors by more than half a run.

The Pirates are also expected to promote outfielder Jose Tabata. They cleared two roster spots after Tuesday night's game by optioning first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A and designating reliever Jack Taschner for assignment.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Tabata promotion now official

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Another debut in D.C.


After watching rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg beat them, the Pirates made way for their own top pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln. After Tuesday's game against the Nationals, the Pirates optioned first baseman Jeff Clement to Triple-A Indianapolis and reliever Jack Taschner was designated for assignment.

With the two roster spots, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempful speculates the Pirates could bring up another one of their top prospects, outfielder Jose Tabata. Tabata is hitting .309 with eight home runs and 18 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Indianapolis.

Lincoln was the No. 4 pick in the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston. Lincoln had Tommy John surgery in 2007. This season, he's gone 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts for Indianapolis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

 
 
 
 
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